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Steven Vanderbeek, 72 - July 12, 2017

Steven Eric Vanderbeek, 72, of Wahoo, formerly of Curtis, passed away Wednesday, July 12, 2017, at Saunders Medical Center Long Term Care in Wahoo, following a courageous battle with Alzheimer’s.
Services were conducted at Curtis Memorial Community Center on Monday, July 17, with Chip Brown officiating. Burial was at the Moorefield Cemetery.
Vanderbeek was born June 24, 1945, at Pleasanton, CA, son of Sylvester and Ruth (Mowery) Vanderbeek.
He grew up at Mullen and graduated from Mullen High School.
Following graduation, he attended Kearney State College graduating with a bachelor’s degree in 1967 and a masters in 1971.
Vanderbeek married Janette Kruse on June 30, 1968, at Hildreth. To this union, three children were born.
He was employed teaching math at Bellevue and Aurora before becoming principal at Medicine Valley for 30 years.
Vanderbeek and his family made their home at Curtis in 1973 where they lived until moving to Kearney in 2004. They then moved to Wahoo in 2015 to be closer to family and friends.
He had received the Principal of the Year Award-Nebraska Rural Community Schools Association, District V Athletic Director of the Year, Honorary Membership-Future Farmers of America, and Honorary Membership-Family Career Community Leaders of America.
Vanderbeek was a member of the Nebraska Council of School Administrators and Nebraska State Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association and the Curtis United Methodist Church.
?Family was very important to him, whether it was his summers at Harry Strunk lake on fishing trips with his family and friends, school activities with his students, or quality time with his grandchildren, according to family members. He was a great husband, father and grandpa, greatly impacting all of the lives he came into contact with as a mentor to many but a friend to all.
He was preceded in death by: his parents, Sylvester and Ruth Vanderbeek; father and mother-in-law, John and Rose Kruse; brothers-in-law—Don Kruse and Bruce Kruse.
Survivors include: his wife, Janette Vanderbeek of Wahoo; two daughters—Stephanie (Shane) Taylor of Wahoo and Kristen (Kelly) Kotschwar of Moorefield; a son, Jeff (Melissa) Vanderbeek of Belgium, WI; grandchildren—Jackson and Noah Taylor, Kahner, Brookelyn, Dylan and Sydney Kotschwar, Kaydin, Daxton, Kinley and Deklan Vanderbeek; a brother, John (Patti) Vanderbeek; sister, Carol (Rick) Estudillo; three brothers-in-law—Ron (Sandra) Kruse, Gary (Ardie) Kruse and Tom (Deb) Kruse; two sisters-in-law—Sheryl Kruse and Judy Kruse; numerous extended family members.
Memorials are suggested to the Vanderbeek family for later designation.